~Windows XP SP-2
I bought the above desktop about a year ago and it's been plagued with this problem for over the past half year. It's been in repair 6 times (and had the hard disk replaced) but each time, the shop say they can't find the problem and now the warranty has expired. Typical!
Anyway, the problem is two-fold, I think:
Firstly, the computer doesn't boot up properly (it doesn't appear to recognise the hard disk sometimes) and after the Fujitsu-Siemens logo screen, asks me to put in the manufacturer's recovery CD (which then leads onto a full Windows re-installation/repair) OR
Secondly when it does load Windows, usually after a few resets, it works ok until I hear an completely audible click from somewhere inside the computer and then the computer (after a few seconds) freezes and then I get a blank screen (even thought the computer is still on). This is completely unpredictable. Sometimes it happens, sometimes it doesn't.
I've been told if could be a number of things:
-Faulty hard disk (which the shop replaced and seemed to solve the problem for about a month)
-The problem is environmental (eg. power supply which the shop said after they set it on a reboot cycle in shop with no apparant problems)
-Overheating somewhere in the computer.
-An outdated BIOS (which the engineer over the phone told me)
-The battery on the motherboard needs replacing (friend's suggestion)
Is there any life left in this or should I pull forward my plans to get a new laptop?
I've put this in the hardware forum, cos I can hear an audible click and then the computer bombs. Apologies if this is in the wrong section and apologies if this is too long a message.
Many thanks for your help and advice, in advance.